Scores of young adult TV licence dodgers

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MORE than 100 young Wigan adults have fallen foul of TV licensing laws in the last year.

With 90 per cent of first year students under the age of 25, TV Licensing is reminding freshers they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live television, on any device, without a licence.

Nationally more than 27,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 were caught watching live TV without a licence over the last 12 months.

In Wigan the figure was 108.

Recent research by TV Licensing shows one in 10 undergraduates believes they won’t get caught watching live TV without a licence, while 24 per cent think they can’t be caught watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device.

TV Licensing spokesman Matthew Thompson said: “On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices. Watching live TV on any device is illegal, without a TV licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.

“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a TV licence, get in touch.

“We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks.

“Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy TV legally.”

A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Students living in Wigan, who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visiting or by calling 0300 790 6113.